Bamboo Floor Care Guide
Understanding the characteristics, proper care and maintenance of bamboo will ensure your new floors wear well and provide many years of enjoyment. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
Don't Damp Mop
Use only the manufacturer's recommended cleaning products on your bamboo floor and avoid water which may cause your floor to swell and cup. Apply bamboo surface cleaner directly to a terry cloth mop instead of the floor and replace the mop or cloth when it becomes soiled.
Wipe Spills Immediately
When accidents happen use a slightly damp white cloth, or paper towel to immediately clean up and dry the affected area. For more difficult spots, follow the manufacturer's recommended cleaning procedures.
Sweeping, dry mopping and vacuuming with a soft bristle brush is key to keeping a floor looking good. Small stones, mud and gritty dirt tracked in from outside can play havoc on your bamboo floors. Use long bristle welcome mats at all outside entrances for people to wipe their feet on before entering onto the floors.
Use the Proper Chair Glides
Any furniture that rests directly on top of a bamboo floor should have felt protectors, or furniture coasters under all its feet. For extremely heavy objects such as a piano, use wide, non-staining rubber cups. Purchasing floor protectors is cheap insurance for protecting your bamboo floor investment.
Protect from Direct Sunlight
Your bamboo floor may change color or fade due to exposure to direct sunlight. The sun's UV rays accelerates the oxidation and aging of bamboo so periodically rearrange your furniture and close the curtains during intense periods of sunlight.
Trim Pet's Claws
Regularly trim your four-legged friend’s claws to help reduce scratching your floor's finish.
Protect When Moving Furniture
Lift your furniture to move it and avoid any dragging. Protect your floor with 1/4" piece of plywood or Masonite when using a dolly for moving furniture or appliances. Never slide or roll heavy furniture or appliances across the floor.